Much has been made of Davis Love III’s final Ryder Cup wildcard and the idea that the USA captain may be set to omit the world no7, Bubba Watson. Love announced his first three wildcards earlier in the month, during a press conference in which he failed to give a proper answer to questions surrounding Bubba.
Love also placed emphasis on the importance of chemistry within the 2016 team. Who remembers ESPN’s well-documented ‘Secret Survey’ in 2015 that asked over 100 PGA Tour players who they would be least likely to defend in a parking-lot fight? Essentially – who do you hate most? Bubba won it at a canter.
The US captain’s next clue (dig at Bubba) was his insistence on making it clear that, despite the length of the course, ‘bombers’ would not have any advantage around Hazeltine. Aside from the Ryder Cup experience that Watson possesses, the main argument for his inclusion is the fact he hits the ball a mile. If that wasn’t enough, Love stressed the fact that the USA are “looking to the future now and building”.
There’s no doubt that leaving Bubba out would be one of the biggest decisions by any captain in Ryder Cup history, but it certainly doesn’t seem like a decision that Davis Love III is fazed by. Taking all of these points into consideration, it looks like there could be some value in the ‘to make American Ryder Cup team’ market, as the bookies still believe Bubba Watson will get the nod at best-price 4/7. The hugely talented and widely popular Justin Thomas looks long at 5/1, with nine-time Ryder Cup veteran Jim Furyk and rookie Ryan Moore 6/1 and 9/1 respectively.
Captain Love is expected to announce the Team USA's final wildcard on Sunday evening, on the back of the Tour Championship.
At Hazeltine practicing today: Daniel Berger, Fowler, Koepka, Mickelson, Snedeker, Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson #GoUSA— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 19, 2016